The Fugs’ Kupferberg Dies

Tuli Kupferberg, Beat poet, songwriter and co-founder of the Fugs, died July 12 after a long illness at a Manhattan, N.Y., hospital. He was 86.

Kupferberg was in his 40s when he and Ed Sanders founded the folk-rock band in 1964.

The Fugs released six albums between 1965 and 1970 and earned underground success as a regular sight at anti-war protests.

The Greenwich Village resident continued to write poems and songs until a series of strokes last year left him in weak health, according to the New York Times.

Kupferberg’s legacy was recognized in January during a benefit concert in Brooklyn featuring Lou Reed, Sonic Youth, and others to raise money to pay his medical costs.